Nov 112015

2016 Open Water Competitions:

Date Distances Location Info or Reg Link Misc
5-21 Spring Lake OW Santa Rosa info here
6-4 Lake Berryessa OW Lake Berryessa info here
6-11/12 Lake del Valle OW Lake del Valle (east bay) info here
7-30 Santa Cruz Roughwater Santa Cruz info here
7-31 Cruz Cruise Santa Cruz info here
8-13 Donner Lake USMS OW Nationals Donner Lake info here


2016 Swim Meet Competitions:

Date Meet Location Info or Reg Link
1-9 Flower Power Short Course Yards Meet Santa Rosa JC info & reg here
1-30 1-Mile Short Course Meters The Olympic Club SF info & reg here
2-20 USF Valentine's Day Short Course Yards Meet SF info& reg here
2-21 The City Mile (1650) City College SF info & reg here
3/4-6 Walnut Creek Intensive Training Camp Walnut Creek info & reg here
3-6 CAL Short Course Yards Meet UC Berkeley info & reg here
3-12 Rinconada Short Course Yards Meet Palo Alto info & reg here
3-20 Matt Biondi Short Course Yards Conejo Valley So Cal info here & reg here
4-8/10 Pac Masters Short Course Yards Champs Moraga info here
4-28/5-1 USMS Short Course Yards Nationals Greensboro NC info here
5-15 Keelhauler Long Course Meters Time Trials Vallejo info here
5-22 Bay Area Sr Games for 50+ Short Course Yards Stanford Univ info & reg here
6-18 Wine Country Sr Games for 50+ Short Course Yards Santa Rosa JC info & reg here and flyer here:

Wine Country Games 2016

7-22/24 PacMasters Long Course Meters Champs San Mateo info here
8-6 Davis Long Course Meters Meet Davis info here
8-17/21 USMS Long Course Meters Nationals Gresham OR info here
9-18 Mountain View Short Course Meters Mountain View info here
10-2 Sac Sprint Pentathlon Short Course Meters UC Davis info here
10-7/9 Pac Masters Short Course Meters Champs Walnut Creek info here

2016 Postal Challenges:

Date Distances Location Info or Reg Link
All Year Check Off Challenge any pool information here & reg here
All Year 2016 Postal Swimathon League any pool info & reg here
January 2016 USMS 1-Hour Swim Postal any pool info & reg here
May 15 to Sept 15 5000/10000 yard swims any pool info here reg not yet open
Sept 15 to Nov 15 3000/6000 yard swim any pool info here reg not yet open
November Davis Aquatic Masters Brute Squad Challenge Postal any pool info & reg here
December MEMO 400 Kick For Time Postal any pool info not yet posted watch here
Sep 042015

Swymnut Masters is excited to present a freestyle clinic at Indian Valley College on Sunday, September 13th from 11am-1pm. The clinic will be lead by Head Coach Cokie Lepinski, 2014 U.S. Master’s Swimming Coach of The Year, along with our incredibly friendly and oh-so-talented Swymnut coaches Susie Powell, Shari Cruse, Marlon Woolf and Nicole Coll. Please feel free to download the flyer below and share this information with your swim friends.

This swim clinic is open to adult swimmers (18+) who can swim at least 2 laps (50 yards) of freestyle without stopping. Pre-registration is required and you must reserve your spot before 9am on September 12th. The cost is $25 and payment is due the day of the clinic. Cash or checks payable to Swymnut Masters. The clinic is limited to 50 participants. Participants must be 2015 members of U.S. Masters Swimming. If you have never been a member of U.S. Masters Swimming, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski at the email address listed on the flyer (or use the contact Coach Cokie box on the right side of this page).

The flyer details what we will cover which will range from stroke fundamentals to open water skills to tips and techniques for pool competitors. There will be an option to learn block dive starts and flip turns.

The first segment of the clinic will have all competitors learning or reviewing some core concepts to a good freestyle stroke. This will include on deck demonstrations, in water demonstrations and participants working through various drills and focal points. As we assess the ability levels of the participants we will begin to break into smaller groups allowing much more interaction with our skilled coaches. This approach will enable participants to choose instruction specific to their own needs such as open water skills or tips and techniques geared toward freestylers in swim meet competitions.

Equipment to bring:

  • Swimsuit, Cap, Goggles
  • Towel, water and or fuel replacement drink
  • Fins and snorkels are welcome!

Parking is free at IVC on Sundays!

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski

Swymnuts Freestyle Clinic Flyer 091315

May 052015

If you’ve never had the chance to do a Masters training camp, think of giving it a go. It can be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in all things swimming. Check out these two 2015 opportunities.

USMS High Performance Camp in North Carolina. It runs August 22-27 in Greensboro, a beautiful facility and the site of a few USMS Nationals. I’ve had the opportunity to coach at the HPC twice (2012 and 2013) and it is a phenomenal experience. While it may seem pricey at $2000, you will definitely get your money’s worth here with dryland work, filming, state of the art technique work in all four strokes, starts and turns, plenty of water time and much more.

Here’s the link. USMS High Performance Camp

Also held in August is a training camp in Arizona. It runs August 18-21 in Flagstaff, Arizona and bills itself as a High Altitude Training Camp.

Here’s the link. Masters Swim Camp Arizona

Oct 132014

2014 Upcoming swim meets:

  • Senior Games held Sunday, November 16th in SF at the Martin Luther King Pool (indoor). Open to those 50 and over. This meet is needed if you want to attend the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis and have not yet done one of the Senior Games qualifying meets. Even if you don’t plan to go to next year’s Nat’l Senior Games, this is a great low key meet to give competition a try. Strong likelihood that you’ll walk away with a medal or two! For information on this qualifying meet, see the Encore Games website here. To register online go here. I believe registration closes on or around Nov 3rd. This is a small meet, and we recommend not swimming back-to-back events! Order of events is:
    • 50 Back
    • 50 Breast
    • 200 Free
    • 100 Breast
    • 100 Fly
    • 200 IM
    • 200 Back
    • 100 Free
    • 100 Back
    • 50 Fly
    • 50 Free
    • 500 Free
    • 100 IM
    • 200 Breast
  • Southern Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Champs, December 5-7. Meet info and registration here. Coach Cokie will not be able to attend as she will be in Cuba with her husband and Susie & James Powell!
Sep 042014

Two top notch Pacific Masters stroke clinics are coming up soon!

On Saturday, September 27th there is a terrific backstroke-freestyle clinic in Davis led by Davis Aquatic Masters Coaches Stu & Mary Kahn. Not only are they outstanding coaches, they run great clinics. You will get the most current look at changes in the stroke and learn how to maximize your propulsion and minimize resistance. Here is the flyer for the clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer Davis Free Back

On Sunday, October 19th, I’ll be leading a breaststroke clinic in San Mateo with Coach Tom Reudy of San Mateo Masters. He is an amazing breaststroker and also an excellent coach. In that clinic we’ll have one hour of classroom and two hours of pool time working all aspects of breaststroke including pull downs. Here is the flyer for this clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer San Mateo Breast 101914

Aug 152014

i-coach-219192617_std1Ever thought about coaching? Want to learn more about what it takes to be a Masters coach? We are blessed to have local opportunities for just such training this fall/winter 2014.

First up we have the USMS Level 1 & 2 Coaches Certification training. That will be held at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Saturday, October 4th from 9-5pm (show up at 8:30 for check in). The following day the instructors and coaches in the class will host a 3-hour stroke clinic for swimmers (covering all 4 strokes). That will be held at Rolling Hills Club as well and runs from 9am-noon (again, show up at 8:30 for check-in).

Then, on Saturday, December 5th, USMS is returning to Novato (again at Rolling Hills Club) to bring us USMS Level 3 Coaches Certification training.

If you think there is a chance in the future you might want to coach a Masters team, then seize this opportunity to catch this training close to home!

Cokie will be teaching the Level 1 & 2 class in October, and normally teaches the Level 3 course but will be in Cuba in December.

  • For further information on the Level 1 & 2 Coaching class October 4th, click here.
  • For signing up for the Stroke Clinic October 4th, click here. Cost is $40.
  • For further information on the Level 3 Coaching class December 5th, click here.
  • For more information about USMS Coaching Certification in general, go here.
Aug 152014

Attention swimmers – we are moving our listings of upcoming swim meets and open water events to our Team Unify site (TU site can be accessed from the right sidebar). I will continue posting here through 2014 but beginning in 2015 you will only find listings for upcoming swim meets and open water events on our secondary TeamUnify website under the Events tab. 


Upcoming open water swims:

  • Whiskeytown Lake OW Swim, Sunday, September 7th.  Registration hereReg closes September 4th at 11:59 pm.
  • Keller Cove OW Swim (Richmond), Saturday, September 20th. Registration here.


Aug 112014

SwimClinicU.S. Masters Swimming is presenting a 3-hour stroke clinic at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Sunday, October 5th. This clinic is open to USMS registered swimmers. Cost is $40 and will cover all 4-strokes. Swimmers are welcome to bring fins, snorkels and paddles (although they are not required). Come have a fun day learning some new things about each stroke. All levels of Masters swimmers are welcome!

Jan 132014

The first clinic of the year for Pacific Masters Swimming takes place in Albany on Saturday, February 15, 2014. At $25, this is such a bargain for a quality clinic. Come join me that day as I lead this clinic with Coach Stu Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters). You’ll love it and you’ll really tune up your freestyle and backstroke! The flyer below has all the information. If you plan on attending let me know. You will need to register through Coach Carol Nip to attend the clinic.


Albany Masters Swim Clinic

Jan 122014

Ok, you could just do these scuba drills, or you could join us a meet. Come on, you can do it!

I am so excited! The Short Course Yards Season is here! What’s that mean? It means the meets running from January through May are races held in 25 yard pools, the same that we practice in. And this year, we are blessed to have the Short Course Yards Nationals “in our own backyard” as they will be held in Santa Clara. I’m hoping to rally you Swymnuts to join me in some of these upcoming meets. It isn’t quite the same when you aren’t there!

The best place to find meet information is on the Pacific Masters website here. To get the meet information you see below, you can click on the Pac Masters link or on the highlighted link in each listing below. What you see below is just the short course yards meets from now through the Nationals. I will be at most, if not all of these meets.

January Meets

  • 25th, Saturday. Olympic Club (indoor) hosts a 1-event meet which consists of a 1500m free (short course meters pool)
  • 26th, Sunday. Fog City Meet at St. Ignatius High (indoor), a 4-event meet which consists of 500, 100, 200 and 50 free. Note, you can swim any event in freestyle events. For example, I plan to swim the 50 breast, 100 back and 200 IM.

February Meets

  • 9th, Sunday. USF Valentine’s Meet (indoor) consisting of 50s, 100s and a 200 Mixed Medley Relay! Held at USF’s Koret Hall.  A great meet.
  • 22nd, Saturday. Salinas Valley Meet (indoor) consisting of a mix of 50s, 100s and some 200s. In Salinas.
  • 23rd, Sunday. The City Mile (indoor) consisting of one event, the 1650 free. Held at the City College of San Francisco.

March Meets

  • 9th, Sunday. Cal Meet (UC Berkeley, outdoor), 50s, 100s, 200 Free, 200 IM & 500 Free along with two relays: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay. This would be a great tune up for Nationals!
  • 15th, Saturday. Rinconada Meet (Palo Alto, outdoor), a mix of 50s, 100s, 200s, a 400 IM and the only 1650 fly event in our region (nuts, pure nuts).
  • 15th & 16th, Sat & Sun, Clovis Meet “Swim For Change” a charity swim meet. Saturday’s event is a 1-hour swim (individual or combine in a relay) and Sunday’s events are more traditional competitive swim meet events.
  • 28th-30th, Fri-Sun, Pacific Masters Short Course Champs in Moraga (outdoor). Meet information not yet out. This meet consists of every event available at a short course yards meet: 50s, 100s and 200s in each stroke, the 100, 200 and 400 IM, the 500, 1000 and 1650 free, and all kinds of relays. You don’t have to come every day, but we’d love to have you come one day, even if just to help us out on relays!

April Meets

  • 5th, Saturday. Hawk Relays, Pleasanton. I think this is a first time meet consisting of relays only. Let’s do this! Meet information not yet out.

May Meets

  • 1-4, Thursday-Sunday, USMS Short Course Yards National Championships in Santa Clara (outdoor). A big meet with probably 1700-2100 swimmers. Lots and lots of fun no matter what level of swimmer you are. All swimmers may enter up to 3 events with or without making the qualifying times. If you can make qualifying times, you can enter up to 6 events total (and at least 3 would have to have qualifying times). For a list of qualifying times, click here. For the order of events over this 4-day meet, click here. For hotel information, click here.

Come on out and join us at these meets. You will have lots of laughs and a ton of fun with your teammates, guaranteed!